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Things to do in Tampa Bay week of April 12

Music: Lifehouse (Hanging by a Moment) hits the Ritz Ybor at 7 p.m. Tuesday, then hits the high seas for a fan cruise out of Tampa. $26. (813) 247-2555. ritzybor.com. On Saturday it's girls night out: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and crew will shake some booty for bay area moms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa $41-$146.90. (813) 301-2500, while the daughters will flock to Colbie Caillat's Bubbly lil' show at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($33-$42).

For a laugh: Former Saturday Night Live writer and veteran standup Kevin Brennan does his shtick at 8 tonight at Floyd's at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa. $20. (813) 627-7625. Since you'll really need a laugh Thursday (Tax Day!), try "weirdo" Brian Posehn (sidekick Kevin on Just Shoot Me) at 7:30 p.m., with shows Friday and Saturday, too, at the Improv in Ybor City. $20. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Mainsail Arts Festival: Now in its 35th year, Mainsail will spread over St. Petersburg's waterfront Vinoy Park 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, maxed out to about 250 artists. Entertainment, kid's activities. Free admission.

kids & family

MarineQuest: Kids can handle animals in the touch tank and create "fish prints" and marine origami at a free open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-8626.

Purina Incredible Dog Challenge: Watch super pooches fly through the air for diving, agility, flying disc, hurdles and other events at the Eastern Regional at Spa Beach (at the Pier approach) in St. Petersburg. It's 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Free. (704) 409-7700.

Date Night

Sunscreen Film Festival: The annual fest to encourage indie films runs Wednesday through Sunday, mostly at BayWalk and other St. Petersburg spots. And if you're lucky, you'll see celebs Patrick Wilson, John Travolta and Billy Dee Williams. For more: sunscreenfilmfestival.com.

more to explore

Orlando will open the first indoor hotel water resort with 14 slides Thursday, so start planning your getaway. Go to tampabay.com/thingstodo and click on Fun Getaways.

Things to do in Tampa Bay week of April 12 04/11/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 12, 2010 9:35am]

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